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Cornel West slams ‘counterfeit’ Obama’s presidency

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Cornel West.(AFP Photo / Drew Angerer)

Cornel West.(AFP Photo / Drew Angerer)

Cornel West, activist and professor at Union Theological Seminary, ripped Barack Obama’s “Wall Street presidency,” calling him another neoliberal “counterfeit” after posing as a progressive in his initial campaign for the White House in 2008.

“We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency, a national security presidency,” West told Salon.com’s Thomas Frank.

“The torturers go free. The Wall Street executives go free. The war crimes in the Middle East, especially now in Gaza, the war criminals go free. And yet, you know, he acted as if he was both a progressive and as if he was concerned about the issues of serious injustice and inequality and it turned out that he’s just another neoliberal centrist with a smile and with a nice rhetorical flair.”

Public intellectual West lamented Obama’s failure – or refusal – to attempt a revival of democratic principles at a time of “an empire in decline.”

“Our culture is in increasing decay. Our school systems are in deep trouble. Our political system is dysfunctional. Our leaders are more and more bought off with legalized bribery and normalized corruption in Congress and too much of our civil life. You would think that we needed somebody—a Lincoln-like figure who could revive some democratic spirit and democratic possibility.”

West said at a time of deep need for solutions, for a change of culture in the gilded halls of Washington, Obama was another “opportunist.”

“It’s like you’re looking for John Coltrane and you get Kenny G in brown skin.”

U.S. President Barack Obama.(Reuters / Larry Downing)U.S. President Barack Obama.(Reuters / Larry Downing)

Looking back, West said he believes Obama’s “motus operandi” has always consisted of seeking to placate the powers-that-be and to occupy the “middle ground,” even though he acted the part of a transcendent figure during his campaign 2008, the year that saw the beginning of the Great Recession.

“And so what did he do? Every time you’re headed toward middle ground what do you do? You go straight to the establishment and reassure them that you’re not too radical, and try to convince them that you are very much one of them so you end up with a John Brennan, architect of torture [as CIA Director]. Torturers go free but they’re real patriots so we can let them go free. The rule of law doesn’t mean anything.”

West also chided US Attorney General Eric Holder for his cozy relationship with Wall Street.

“Eric Holder won’t touch the Wall Street executives; they’re his friends. He might charge them some money. They want to celebrate. This money is just a tax write-off for these people. There’s no accountability. No answerability. No responsibility that these people have to take at all.”

Attorney General Eric Holder.(AFP Photo / Alex Wong)Attorney General Eric Holder.(AFP Photo / Alex Wong)

Acting as if there are no divisions in the US, that there is one “American family,” as Obama has said, is part of the President’s “temperament,” West said.

“You don’t try to act as if we have no divisions and we’re just an American family, with the poor getting treated in disgraceful ways and the rich walking off sipping tea, with no accountability at all, and your foreign policy is running amok with Israelis committing war crimes against precious Palestinians and you won’t say a mumbling word about the Palestinian children. What is history going to say about you? Counterfeit! That’s what they’ll say, counterfeit. Not the real thing.”

Obama and Holder, both black men, were “completely silent,” West said, following the police killing of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson. The incident was emblematic of“arbitrary police power” that is often trained on communities of color, he added.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.(AFP Photo / Brendan Smialowski)Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.(AFP Photo / Brendan Smialowski)

West said Holder will likely step down by the end of the year, as he is “concerned about his legacy as if he’s somehow been swinging for black folk ever since he’s been in there. That’s a lie. He’s been silent, too. He’s been relatively silent. He’s made a couple of gestures in regards to the New Jim Crow and the prison-industrial complex, but that’s just lately, on his way out. He was there for six years and didn’t do nothing.”

The post-Obama era will be “an America in post-traumatic depression,” West said, and the likely successor in the White House, “neo-liberal opportunist par excellence” Hillary Clinton, will be “much worse.”

“Hillary Clinton is an extension of Obama’s Wall Street presidency, drone presidency, national surveillance, national security presidency. She’d be more hawkish than he is, and yet she’s got that strange smile that somehow titillates liberals and neo-liberals and scares Republicans. But at that point it’s even too hard to contemplate.”

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Gaza Holocaust: Family grieves child loss in I$raHell airstrike

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Having gone through more than two decades of fertility treatment, a Gazan family is grieving the loss of their eight-year-old child in the recent Nazi military attacks against the Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip, Press TV reports.

The child, identified as Mahmoud al-Majdalawi, lost his life earlier this month when an Nazi F-16 fighter jet fired a missile at his uncle’s house in the Gaza Strip as he was playing with his cousins there.

“We were sitting in this room. The F-16 hit my brother’s house next to my house without any warning. I started shouting and calling on my son. He was at his uncle’s. My wife’s foot was injured. I ran to my brother’s house and found my only child dead. My young nephew’s body was in pieces everywhere. Shrapnel was in my son’s head. He was killed right away,” Ahmad, Mahmoud’s father, told Press TV.

“I waited to be a father for 22 years, and now he is gone. Even our house is destroyed. But, we will never give up even if we are all killed. Arabs have put their hands in the hands of Israel and left us to be killed.”

“I had waited for 22 years to have him in my arms. Today is his eighth birthday. He used to tell me he wants a cake and a bike for his birthday. I lost him within seconds, within minutes. The room he was in at his uncle’s house is still full of Mahmoud’s innocent blood.”

Mahmoud’s mother, Heyam al-Majdalawi, said, “Every day, a wife is widowed and a mom losses her child. The land is irrigated with blood rather than water. Our blood is cheap to Arabs and Israelis.”

Some 2,100 people, mostly civilians, have lost their lives and over 10,200 have been injured in the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip, which began on July 8.

Nearly 400,000 Palestinian children are in immediate need of psychological help due to “catastrophic and tragic impact” of the Israeli war, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, has been launching retaliatory attacks against Nazi regime.

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‘Ukraine’s economy on verge of death spiral’

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AFP EXCLUSIVE: U.S.-I$raHell Plot to Kidnap Edward Snowden Foiled

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By Richard Walker —

A plot by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Israel’s Mossad to kidnap National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden was foiled by agents of Russia’s intelligence agency, the Federal Security Service (FSB).

The plan was to abduct Snowden in Moscow where he was hiding out and spirit him across the Russian border to Turkey, a North Atlantic Treaty Organization member, where a plane would be waiting to transport him for interrogation to Diego Garcia, the Indian Ocean military base where terrorism suspects have been held secretly in recent years.

According to an FSB officer, who agreed to speak to this writer off the record to protect his identity, the plot unraveled at the start of October 2013, two months after Snowden had been granted a temporary Russian asylum permit. On August 7, Snowden’s permit was extended for another three years.

The plan was to seize Snowden from under the noses of FSB agents tasked by Russian President Vladimir Putin with ensuring his safety in the Russian capital. The collapse of the enterprise, after only six weeks of planning, led to heated exchanges between Moscow, Washington and Tel Aviv with threats of retaliation from Russia.

At first, the CIA sought Israel’s help to kidnap Snowden, making it clear Israel owed the agency. For years, Langley and the NSA have shared massive amounts of intelligence with Mossad. The NSA in particular had, at Israel’s request, been wiretapping the phones and monitoring all other communications between Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank and their relatives, friends and supporters in the United States. The NSA had also undertaken other intelligence gathering exercises at Israel’s prompting.

In order to pull off their scheme, the CIA had decided the outfit with the best operatives in Moscow, with “sleeper” agents within the FSB, was Mossad. The British, according to an intelligence source in London, were also approached for help but dismissed the project as foolhardy. Nevertheless, the CIA was determined to go ahead.

According to the FSB source, however, Russia’s intelligence agency uncovered the covert plan before CIA and Mossad agents were able to carry it out.

Russian officials immediately contacted Washington and Tel Aviv to inform them that their operatives had been discovered and in order to avoid embarrassment they should leave Moscow before they were arrested, and the Kremlin made the plot into an international incident.

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Rothschilds Want Iran’s Banks

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By Pete Papaherakles

Could gaining control of the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran (CBI) be one of the main reasons that Iran is being targeted by Western and Israeli powers? As tensions are building up for an unthinkable war with Iran, it is worth exploring Iran’s banking system compared to its U.S., British and Israeli counterparts.

Some researchers are pointing out that Iran is one of only three countries left in the world whose central bank is not under Rothschild control. Before 9-11 there were reportedly seven: Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Cuba, North Korea and Iran. By 2003, however, Afghanistan and Iraq were swallowed up by the Rothschild octopus, and by 2011 Sudan and Libya were also gone. In Libya, a Rothschild bank was established in Benghazi while the country was still at war.

Islam forbids the charging of interest, a major problem for the Rothschild banking system. Until a few hundred years ago, charging interest was also forbidden in the Christian world and was even punishable by death. It was considered exploitation and enslavement.

Since the Rothschilds took over the Bank of England around 1815, they have been expanding their banking control over all the countries of the world. Their method has been to get a country’s corrupt politicians to accept massive loans, which they can never repay, and thus go into debt to the Rothschild banking powers. If a leader refuses to accept the loan, he is oftentimes either ousted or assassinated. And if that fails, invasions can follow, and a Rothschild usury-based bank is established.

The Rothschilds exert powerful influence over the world’s major news agencies. By repetition, the masses are duped into believing horror stories about evil villains. The Rothschilds control the Bank of England, the Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank, the IMF, the World Bank and the Bank of International Settlements. Also they own most of the gold in the world as well as the London Gold Exchange, which sets the price of gold every day. It is said the family owns over half the wealth of the planet—estimated by Credit Suisse to be $231 trillion—and is controlled by Evelyn Rothschild, the current head of the family.

Objective researchers contend that Iran is not being demonized because they are a nuclear threat, just as the Taliban, Iraq’s Saddam Hussein and Libya’s Muammar Qadaffi were not a threat.

What then is the real reason? Is it the trillions to be made in oil profits, or the trillions in war profits? Is it to bankrupt the U.S. economy, or is it to start World War III? Is it to destroy Israel’s enemies, or to destroy the Iranian central bank so that no one is left to defy Rothschild’s money racket?

It might be any one of those reasons or, worse—it might be all of them.

 

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Jews Who Control Hollywood Tell Stars: Better Not Mention Palestine

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• New No. 1 Rule in Hollywood: Don’t utter the “P” word if you want to keep your career alive.

By Michael Collins Piper —

It’s official: Right now the No. 1 rule in Hollywood is that you can talk about anything political—except Israel’s attack on the Christians and Muslims in Gaza, Palestine. That’s not a conspiracy theory from critics of Israel or Jew-hating neo-Nazis. Instead, that was the thesis of a candid article in the August 1 edition of The Hollywood Reporter (THR), influential trade journal of the entertainment industry.

In fact, the article was bluntly titled: “Rule 1: Talk About Anything Political in Hollywood . . . Except Gaza.”

That such an article would appear in a magazine considered “must” reading for those in show business was a not-so-subtle warning that anyone who violates that rule is in for a tough road ahead.

Noting several celebrities had expressed sympathies for the plight of Gaza, THR commented ominously that—“for now at least” —powerful Jewish moguls in Hollywood were simply dismissing those entertainers as being “uninformed.” However, continue speaking out this way and there will be trouble.

Adding breezily that it is commonplace for Hollywood executives “to be on a first name basis with prominent Israeli politicians and business leaders,” THR cooed that this intimacy with Israel explains why so many Hollywood figures who otherwise have much to say about a lot of political issues are silent about Gaza—with only a few exceptions.

Those exceptions—which caused a stir in Jewish circles and a big buzz in Hollywood—included such well-known names as husband-and-wife acting team Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz (both Academy Award winners) and two-time Oscar-winning director Pedro Almodavor, who joined dozens of fellow Spanish actors, directors, musicians and writers in an open letter condemning the assault on Gaza, describing Israel’s policies as “genocide.”

Meanwhile, American actor Jon Voight jumped into action, charging Bardem, Ms. Cruz and their colleagues with “inciting anti-Semitism,” which, of course, brought denials from the accused. Ms. Cruz rushed to explain she was “not an expert” and shouldn’t be misunderstood.

Voight has spent his own entire career vocally proving his love for Israel, well aware it is common knowledge among Hollywood power brokers that his late uncle—the legendary political writer Joseph P. Kamp—was an outspoken critic of Jewish intrigues, particularly targeting the notorious Anti-Defamation League, a big player in Hollywood affairs. Kamp—by the way—was a contributing editor to The Spotlight, AMERICAN FREE PRESS’s forerunner. Voight’s equally politically-outspoken daughter, actress Angelina Jolie, has made it so big she is now a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

THR reported that powerful Hollywood kingpin Haim Saban—an Israeli citizen—drafted a statement responding to Israel’s critics that was “so strong” that—after being sent to his publicist for review—was never issued. In short: Saban is really mad, and Israel’s critics better watch out. After all, billionaire Saban, who has said his number one concern is protecting Israel, puts his money where his mouth is, bankrolling endeavors—such as the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution in Washington—that promote the Zionist agenda.

In two other Gaza-related “scandals,” actress Selena Gomez dared to post an image on “Instagram” that read: “It’s about humanity. Pray for Gaza,” and popular hip-hopper Rihanna posted “Free Palestine” to the Internet. After coming under fire, Ms. Gomez assured fans she wasn’t taking sides and Rihanna deleted her own post eight minutes after posting it.

Comic Jackie Mason—a trained rabbi—told conservative radio host Aaron Klein that entertainment industry critics of Israel come from “anti-Semitic, low-class backgrounds where a Jew is the most disgusting thing in the world to them.”

THR quoted Ken Solomon, chairman and chief executive officer of The Tennis Channel, Inc., and top Democratic fundraiser—whose grandparents lived in Israel. Solomon, who audaciously said in response to Rihanna and the others: “I think there’s a place for celebrities to get involved, whether it’s the environment or social issues. But getting involved in foreign policy debates? It doesn’t make a lot of sense. . . . With all due respect to Rihanna, unless she’s been studying this, she shouldn’t be talking about it.” In other words, in foreign policy, unless you’re pro-Israel, just shut up.

Jewish comic Joan Rivers, born Joan Molinsky, would have no problem with that argument. Believing Israel is imperiled, she once said: “I worry they’re going to wipe it off the Earth. I only hope they [Israel] will take us all with them, because Jews shouldn’t go quietly this time. If they’re going to kill us, we’re going to kill you right back.”

Those violent comments, it seems, are acceptable, since, after all, Ms. Rivers is Jewish and pro-Israel.

 

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Muslims Fighting for Donbass Against Fascism: Video

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There is a number of Muslims among the rebel troops in Donbass region, including volunteers from Russia and some other countries.

Like a kind of a co-stream movie, Donbass fighters made a video named The Islamic State of Donbass.

But truely that’s not for parody or joke. A lot of Orthodox Christians who prevail among the Donbass Militia are fond of Nasheeds – Muslim Spirit Chants. Standing together for the values of Belief and Dignity, Muslims, Christians and others fight together in this war against Nazis and Fascist Dictatorship of Oligarchs in Kyev.

Some of Muslims are high rank commanders in Militia, some are experienced warriors, others are just civilians who have taken arms to protect their families and homehood from the Kyev regime.

One ethnic Afghani from Russia provided an interview talking about his reasons to fight for Donbass.

As he said, there is no big choice for a man today: everybody should decide whether his place is for the evil site or against it.

Those Muslims who say that they are making Jihad in the Middle East are wrong. Actually they fight under the will of the American and British rulers. While here in Donbass Muslims and Christians are fighting together for the Peace, for the Word of God to be prized over the evil of unbelievers.

 

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U.S. Journalist Freed By Al-Qaida-Linked Group Is SAFE IN I$RAHELL!!

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ed note (Tony)…This is more transparent than a piece of Saran Wrap in front of your face!

The lemmings have been bombarded by the JMSM, over the ‘Moooslum-beheading-Journalist’ meme.

Now WATCH OUT!! Here comes Israel to save the day by giving safe-haven to an American Journalist!

Safe, SAFE! I TELL YOU, IN ISRAEL!!

You don’t need graduate-level intellect to figure this one out, folks.

An American journalist kidnapped and held hostage for nearly two years by an Al-Qaida-linked group in Syria was released Sunday, less than a week after the horrific execution of American journalist James Foley by Islamic militants.

The freed American is 45-year-old Peter Theo Curtis of Massachusetts, who wrote under the byline Theo Padnos.

White House national security adviser Susan Rice said Curtis is now safe outside of Syria.

A senior administration official said Curtis was released in the Golan Heights, where he was met by U.S. government personnel who were transporting him to Tel Aviv. The official was not authorized to speak by name and discussed the release on the condition of anonymity.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Curtis was held by Jabhat al-Nusra, also known as the Nusra Front, an Al-Qaida-linked militant group fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Curtis was not believed to be among the hostages held by the Islamic State group that executed Foley. Islamic State was formally disavowed by Al-Qaida earlier this year after being deemed too brutal.

U.S. President Barack Obama, who was wrapping up a vacation in Massachusetts, was briefed Sunday morning on Curtis’ release.

“The president shares in the joy and relief that we all feel now that Theo is out of Syria and safe,” said White House spokesman Eric Schultz. “But we continue to hold in our thoughts and prayers the Americans who remain in captivity in Syria, and we will continue to use all of the tools at our disposal to see that the remaining American hostages are freed.”

Qatar’s Foreign Ministry confirmed late Sunday that the Gulf emirate succeeded in gaining Curtis’ release. A government statement released by the official Qatar News Agency said he was kidnapped in Syria in 2012 and said Qatar “exerted relentless efforts to release the American journalist out of Qatar’s belief in the principles of humanity and out of concern for the lives of individuals and their right to freedom and dignity.” The agency said Curtis was handed over to United Nations representatives.

In a video obtained by The Associated Press and dated July 18, 2014, Curtis sits cross-legged on a floor with his hands bound, and appears to read from a sheet placed in front of him on the floor. Addressing the U.S. and European governments, he pleads for them to contact a named intermediary before it is too late.

“They have given me three days to live,” he says as a man holding an assault rifle and dressed in camouflage stands next to him. “If you don’t do anything, I’m finished. I’m dead. They will kill me. Three days. You have had 20 days, and you’ve done nothing. ”

He does not specify any demands, only urges Western governments to make contact with the intermediary.

It was not known which, if any, of the captors’ demands were met.

The energy-rich Gulf nation of Qatar, which is a leading supporter of the Syrian rebels fighting to oust President Bashar Assad, has been involved in mediating hostage releases in Syria over the past year.

In March, the Qataris helped negotiate the release of more than a dozen Greek Orthodox nuns held by the Nusra Front. Late last year, Qatar also helped broker a deal that saw nine Lebanese pilgrims held in Syria by rebels go free in exchange for the release of two Turkish pilots held hostage in Lebanon.

His family said they believe Curtis was captured in October 2012, shortly after crossing into Syria.

“My heart is full at the extraordinary, dedicated, incredible people, too many to name individually, who have become my friends and have tirelessly helped us over these many months,” Curtis’ mother, Nancy Curtis, said in a statement from the family. “Please know that we will be eternally grateful.”

Curtis, under the Theo Padnos byline, has written for the New Republic and in 2011 wrote a book called “Undercover Muslim: A Journey Into Yemen,” which studied the radicalization of disaffected youths.

Before leaving for Yemen in 2005 to study Islam, he worked in the Vermont prison system teaching teenage inmates. That experience resulted in the book “My Life Had Stood a Loaded Gun.”

“He seems to be in good health,” Curtis’ cousin Viva Hardigg said in an interview. “We are deeply relieved and grateful for his return and the many people who have helped us secure his freedom. At the same time, we are thinking constantly of the other hostages who are still held and those working to help them be freed. We want to do everything we can to support their efforts.”

In another video from June 30, 2014, a man with a beard and disheveled hair identifies himself as Peter Theo Curtis from Boston, and says he is being treated well.

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Erdogan has filed a lawsuit against a Turkish journalist

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Erdogan has filed a lawsuit against a Turkish journalist
I spoke body most prominent in the world for the defense of journalists and their rights for a lawsuit filed by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan against Bulent Kenesh editor in chief of the newspaper “Today’s Zaman” which published in English, and thus joins the list of international groups, which refers to the rise in intimidation of journalists by the authorities in Turkey.
 Seventh DayThe newspaper “Zaman” Turkey on Sunday for the Committee to Protect Journalists, based in New York City of America, said that the lawsuit filed against Erdogan Kenesh tweet came after the latter claimed the prime minister as “degrading and exceeded the limits of criticism”.

The newspaper reported that Erdogan’s lawyers claim that the Kenesh targeting the prime minister in Ngredath on the social networking site “Twitter” tweets, especially one in which he said Kenesh “and now they (the government) want to destroy our (media).

The Commission explained that this is not the first time that it is suing the Kenesh, In March 2014, Erdogan offered to file a lawsuit against him after he claimed that the face of insults to the Prime Minister on his Twitter site.

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ISIS Terrorists Trained in a US Base in Turkey

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ISIS Terrorists Trained in a US Base in Turkey
Members of the terrorist organization, ISIS, which killed thousands of people in Iraq and Syria, are alleged to be trained in the US İncirlik Base in Adana, Turkey.
According to Turkish media sources, it has been discovered from Washington that ISIS members received their training in Turkey, and that the Riyadh administration is funding $3 billion for this terror organization.  A senior official from Iraqi government confirms that one of the training camps of the ISIS is located near the Incirlik Air Base in Adana Turkey.Last week, the main opposition party, the CHP’s MP Sezgin Tanrikulu, brought to the agenda the fact that four Turkish intelligence officers trained the insurgents linked to the ISIS terror organization in Iraq. These four Turkish intelligence officers were taken into custody by the Iraqi soldiers, and their confession brought to the agenda of the assembly by Tanrıkulu.

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